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Eamon O'Toole, Toyota Corolla Ute - 1975, 1989/90. hand moulded plastic, steel, rubber, wood, enamel paint, aluminum leaf, textas. 410cm x 160cm x 165cm
EAMON O'TOOLE: BIG BOYS TOYS
5 December 2014 - 8 March 2015

Eamon O'Toole's twin passions of art and sport are manifested in his remarkable, moulded plastic sculptures that depict iconic and heroic motor-sports engines, cars and assorted "big boys" paraphernalia. Life-sized and exciting, the sculptures in Big Boys Toys brim with humour and a sense of the surreal.

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Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan, In-Habit: Project Another Country, 2012. Used transport cardboard boxes, packing tape, handcrafted cardboard houses, makeshift drums and sound, single channel video projection plus 5 LCD screen installation. Installation view, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney. Photo: Jacob Ring. Commissioned by Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation 2012. Image courtesy the artists.
IN-HABIT: PROJECT ANOTHER COUNTRY
9 January - 8 March 2015

In-Habit: Project Another Country is a participatory exhibition by Filipino-born, Brisbane-based artists, Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan. As part of their project, the Aquilizans encourage participants to create small-scale, makeshift or "dream" houses from recycled cardboard boxes that will become part of the evolving city that is the In-Habit exhibition/ installation.
In-Habit: Project Another Country is a Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation commissioned project, toured by Museums & Galleries of NSW. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

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Yvonne Boag Urban landscape with dog, 2001 acrylic on canvas, 183 x 274cm Cairns Regional Gallery Collection Donated by Fran and Geoff Barker through the Cultural Gift Program, 2014
CELEBRATING 20 YEARS: WORKS FROM THE PERMANENT COLLECTION
13 February - 29 March 2015

This curated exhibition brings together a variety of works that have been selected to encourage the viewer to become visually engaged in a journey of discovery, through unexpected visual relationships. Imaginative groupings of works will explore thematic linkages between our land and coastal regions, different cultures, and how artists, whether resident or visiting, have responded to the beautiful and, at times, unforgiving landscape, as well as the stories of the people who have shaped the region's cultural heritage.

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Frances Djulibing Yukuwa (feather string yam vine) banyan tree bark, cockatoo feathers, beeswax Museum of Contemporary Art, purchased 2013 Image courtesy and the artist Photograph: Alex Davie
STRING THEORY: FOCUS ON CONTEMPORARY AUSTRALIAN ART
13 MARCH - 10 MAY 2015

string theory is an imaginative exhibition that explores innovative approaches to the use of fibre in a contemporary context and across a range of media, including sculpture, photography, painting and video. Curated by Glenn Barkley, the exhibition brings together works by over 30 Aboriginal artists and artist groups. string theory is a national touring exhibition organised and toured by the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body

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Julia Margaret Cameron, India/ England 1815-79, Portrait of Frances St John c.1870, Albumen photograph, Gift of Miss Gwen Lord 1984, Collection: Queensland Art Gallery
EVER PRESENT PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE QUEENSLAND ART GALLERY COLLECTION 1850-1975
3 April - 17 May 2015

Ever Present is a fascinating history of the development of photography as a modern art form. Drawn from the international collection of the Queensland Art Gallery, the exhibition includes works by unknown nineteenth century photographers alongside iconic images of some of the twentieth century's most renowned photographers including Alfred Stieglitz, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Max Dupain and Helen Levitt.

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Chris Hardy, Pleat, image courtesy of the artist
RESOLVED: JOURNEYS IN AUSTRALIAN DESIGN
15 May - 12 July 2015

Resolved features works by twelve of Australia's most interesting and inventive contemporary designers. The exhibition explores the designer's journey, from the initial inspiration and idea through to the finished product. Featured designers include Adam Cornish, Adam Goodrum, Alex Gilmour, Fukutoshi, Gary Galego, Ben McCarthy, Bic Tieiu and Zoe MacDonnell. Resolved: Journeys in Australian Design is an Object: Australian Design Centre National Touring Program. Object: Australian Design Centre has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Object: Australian Design Centre is supported by the NSW Government through Arts NSW.

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LAHEY Vida, Australia (1882-1968), The carters' rest, Eagle Street, 1913, Watercolour on paper, Purchased 2005, Collection: Queensland Art Gallery
TRANSPARENT WATERCOLOUR IN QUEENSLAND 1850s - 1980s
22 May - 5 July 2015

Transparent showcases more than 50 exquisite watercolours by some of Queensland's most renowned watercolour artists, including Conrad Martens, J.J. Hilder, Vida Lahey, Kenneth Macqueen, Joe Rootsey, Margaret Cliento and Joy Roggenkamp. The exhibition traces the important role of watercolour in Queensland's visual arts history, from its earliest colonial beginnings through to modern watercolour developments in the early twentieth century and the more recent and exuberant watercolours of the 1980s.

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Shannon Brett, Evidence Metaphor, 2010, colour pigment print on paper
SHANNON BRETT: I LOVE A SON BURNT COUNTRY
6 March - 12 April 2015

Shannon Brett's artworks are a narrative of her own experiences as an Aboriginal woman living in a modern urban society. Brett aims to reject the notion of the submissive native woman as depicted in staged historic settings captured at the beginning of the 20th century. Recreating these historic settings, Brett incorporates images of women who are the embodiment of stoic empowerment, thereby exploring internal and external realities whilst addressing issues of validity and respect.

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Susan Doherty, Weaver nest, 2015, organic found materials and cotton, hung from crutches with chop stick.
SUSAN DOHERTY: INTUIT
17 April - 24 May 2015

A constant theme in Susan Doherty's work is drawing our attention to the rubbish we discard, and transforming it from the meaningless into the meaningful. In so doing, Doherty's works create a commentary on our consumer-driven world.

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Nikeema Williams, Self portrait, 2014, ink and wash on paper
NICKEEMA WILLIAMS: KERKAR MAR-ASMER
29 May - 5 July 2015

This exhibition explores issues of reconnection, family, culture and history. Kerkar Mar-asmer means new reflection/s. The artist explains that the works are her early steps towards understanding, documenting and learning about her Torres Strait Islander heritage.

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Lee Wilkes, Teasing Peace, 2014 gelatin Silver Print
Cairns Emerging Contemporaries 2015
23 January - 1 March 2015

This fixture exhibition in the Gallery's program highlights a range of divergent, creative expressions being undertaken by recent emergent artists living and working in the region.



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